Back to School and Moving Forward

Summer’s far from over, but the new school year has arrived. It’s go time!

What are your goals for this school year? 

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen so much creativity and ingenuity in schools, transforming challenging situations into brilliant new approaches to student nutrition.


If you’re still putting the finishing touches on your back-to-school plans, here are some ideas to help you make them happen.


If your goal is to make the most of available labor…

Streamlined processes, automation, and great organization are all keys to making the most of the help you have.

Add a pop of color to your cafeteria and save labor with durable 2 x 2 Compartment Trays from Cambro. What does 2 x 2 mean? It means your staff can fit two trays side-by-side during warewashing to cut tray washing time and labor in half!  


Keep frequently used items organized and close at hand with Cambro Mobile Flex Stations customized with a variety of accessories. 

These portable stations maximize use of vertical space and create instant, flexible storage wherever you need it, saving staff steps and time. 

For more organization ideas and tools, click here.



Food processors like the Sammic CA-31 / CA-3V Vegetable Preparation Machine help kitchen staff achieve maximum production in a short time without getting tired or needing to have advanced knife skills. 









Cooking pre-programmed recipes at the touch of a button cuts training time and frees up staff to attend to other tasks during cooking. This time-saving technology is available across Welbilt brands like Garland and Delfield.

Learn more about high speed cooking and other foodservice shortcuts here.



If your goal is to improve speed and quality…

As the old saying goes, “Time waits for no lunch line.” Ok, that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but we all know it’s true anyway.


The right equipment can help keep the wholesome and nutritious meals your team has prepared tasting great by maintaining proper temperatures and moisture levels until they can be served. 

The FWE UHS-12 Humi-Temp Cabinet keeps hot food at-the-ready so you can replenish quickly and keep the line moving with food that tastes just as good as when it was first prepared.


FWE also offers Retherm Oven models that can be used without a ventilation hood (local codes prevail), providing unprecedented cooking and serving flexibility.





If your goal is to increase student participation and revenue…

Whether your participation numbers have been affected by off-campus dining options, lunches brought from home, a lack of time, or all of the above, a “retail” approach can help increase participation and serving speed.


Colorful mobile carts like the new Cambro Vending Cart help create an appealing, food court-like atmosphere, while also helping you serve more students in a shorter window of time.





Grab’n go pre-packaged meal and snack options conveniently merchandised in a Cambro Versa Work Table or Camshelving Flex Station provide time-crunched students a chance to grab a quick bite. 

Learn about finding space for merchandising grab’n go here.


Colorful Cambro Fast Food Trays or TableCraft Classic Plastic Serving Baskets for pre-packaged foods and handheld items offer a fun and familiar restaurant experience for kids.




If your goal is to be prepared for alternate serving models…

Flexibility is the name of the game when it comes to not getting caught off-guard. Who needs bubblegum and duct tape when you have equipment that can morph with your operational needs?


We’ve talked a lot about the Flex Station because it lives up to its name as a versatile platform for grab’n go mobile vending, in-classroom feeding, curbside pickup, second chance breakfast, organization, and storage, which makes it a great choice for those who want to be ready for anything.







For a deeper dive into alternate serving models, these recent articles provide more information:

Essential Equipment Cheat Sheet for Meals in the Classroom

Back to School and Ready for Anything

Breakfast in the Classroom

School Foodservice Equipment to Support Remote Learning


Contact us for personalized support for your school or district. We’re here to help you make the most of your resources this back to school season and all year long!

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